Thursday, February 28, 2008

No Longer A Blogling

Today Is The footnoteMaven's 1 Year Anniversary

On 28 February 2007, the footnoteMaven's Blog was hatched. You may blame/credit Jasia of Creative Gene for this journey, as she was then and still is my inspiration. I had been reading the Carnival of Genealogy for quite some time and thought I'd like to give this bloging thing a try. My first post was Shelter From the Storm, Stories of the Home and Hearth. This was also my first contribution to the Carnival of Genealogy. Since that time I have become addicted to the COG.

So today I am no longer a blogling, I am an adult Spectacled Cascade Mountain GeneaBlogolink. I have feathered my nest with bloggers who became friends and friends who became bloggers. Many of their blogs can be found in my quilt and in the blog roll to your right. My range has been the world. I loved blogging then and I love blogging today.

So who is the footnoteMaven? Perhaps now is the time to tell you. She is identified as Aunt Lilian. A lovely English lass from Huddersfield. The first time I saw her I knew we had a connection; made even more so by the fact that her name was Lilian. My mother and my grandmother were both named Lillian. The photographer who took her photograph was Jno. E. Thaw. John Thaw (the actor) played my favorite television detective "Inspector Morse." So you see, we were destined to be together.

The name "footnoteMaven" was given to me by one of my Nearby History-Writer Friends, Cathy Lykes. She dubbed me the footnoteMaven two years ago, because I was such a nudge about footnotes and sources in our workshops. It stuck.

One day soon, I hope to use the "Birthday Club" method on my alter ego and tell her story here in that little corner of the world that has become her/our home. (You were expecting something else perhaps?)

Since my first post there have been many stories about my family, some filled with laughter, some with tears. I was blessed with a family history that is full of stories and if my grandchildren are any indication, this could go on forever.

So, stop by today so that I may say Thank You - you have made my blogging adventures such a joy.

Drink a toast with me -

To many more posts and many more friends!

All photographs and art in possession of the author.



Blogger Bill West said...

Happy Blog Birthday, ftM, and here's
to many, many more!

February 28, 2008 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you Bill! You are one of the reasons blogging is such a pleasure.


February 28, 2008 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Becky Wiseman said...

Congratulations fM, on your first birthday. And may you, or rather, your blog, have many more! It's always a pleasure to read your posts whether they bring laughter or tears. Keep up the great work!

February 28, 2008 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Thomas MacEntee said...

Mazel Tov and Congratulations!!! And I also blame Jasia for my current addiction as well. She is such an instigator.

February 28, 2008 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Kathryn Doyle said...

Many happy returns of the day! I've only recently caught the blogging-bug (also from the infectious Jasia) but with the affliction comes wonderful company. Thank you for your edifying posts. I may need to call on you occasionally as I struggle to conform to the CGS (California Genealogical Society) Style Sheet.

February 28, 2008 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Happy Blogobirthday, fM, from a current "blogling."

February 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Lidian said...

Happy Blog Birthday Maven! Yours in one of my very favorite blogs, and I look forward to reading through your archives...And thank you once again for your kind comments - they truly make my day! Laura

February 28, 2008 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Terry Thornton said...

Dear Spectacled Cascade Mountain GeneaBlobalink,

I'm so glad you fledged --- being a blogling is so scary. You never know when hatched how all those little downy feathers are going to molt and into what? And you never know when you hop outa the nest if you can fly?

But grow feathers you did and, gal, you are soaring! And you are an inspiration to us all.

Happy BlogDay, fully-grown GeneaBlogalink!

And many more!
Terry Thornton (alas, still a blogling)

February 28, 2008 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Ken Spangler said...

I've never taken the time to see how long you have been blogging. How amazing that you are just now turning one. It seemed to me like you had been doing this forever.

Keep up the good work and happy, happy birthday!

Ken Spangler

February 28, 2008 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Randy Seaver said...

Congratulations fM/TB - one year is a wonderful accomplishment - I wish you many more happy years blogging or whatever medium we find to communicate next...

I do have a question - why do you focus so much on footnotes and not on source citations? They aren't the same, are they?

Hugs -- Randy

February 28, 2008 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger TheGeneticGenealogist said...

Happy blog birthday! Congratulations on a great year. Your blog is one of my favorites and I look forward to the next year!

February 28, 2008 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Lori Thornton said...

Happy Blogiversary! We're glad you've been around for a year and look forward to many more years!

February 28, 2008 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Congratulations and happy blogday! I look forward to another great year as one of your biggest fans!

February 28, 2008 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger Colleen said...

Happy Blogday to You
Happy Blogday to You
Happy Blogday dear Maven
Happy Blogday to You!

February 28, 2008 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Miriam Robbins said...

Happy Birthday, fM! I consider myself so lucky to have actually gotten to meet you, and I hope we get another opportunity to do so, soon! Til then, may you have many happy blogging days ahead!

February 28, 2008 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Jasia said...

It seems I'm the last one to the blog birthday party here. For some reason this post didn't come up in my feed reader yesterday. I saw a reference to your anniversary on Jessica's blog and came right on over this morning.

Congratulations fM on a splendid year of blogging. You have brought such scholarly work and hilarious laughter to the blogosphere... we'd be (and have been) lost without you. You have set a higher standard for us all and at the same time you've inspired us to achieve it. You've certainly made your mark and many friends in our little corner of the blogosphere.

I am proud and pleased to call you my friend. I don't know what I did to inspire you to begin blogging but I'm so glad I did it. I have enjoyed each and every post you have written this past year. And I've appreciated each poster you did for the COG too! Don't you think it would be a good time to have a showing of all your COG posters? If you put a post together with all of your posters in it I'll feature it in the COG.

Here's hoping this first blogging birthday is just one of many to come. You go girl!

February 29, 2008 at 5:14 AM  
Blogger Chery Kinnick said...

An adult Spectacled Cascade Mountain GeneaBlogolink? I think you have discovered a new species! I can't find it in my Cascade Mountains field guide yet, but if I look patiently out my window, I might see one fly by on I-90. ;)

Happy anniversary, Maven. You've turned the genea-blogging community on its ears, don't you know.

Prost! - MG

February 29, 2008 at 1:55 PM  

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